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'Ouija' Off To Respectable Start; 'John Wick' and 'St. Vincent' Look PromisingOctober 25, 2014 08:23 AM

by Phil Contrino

Saturday Update: Ouija is off to a respectable start. The horror flick is headed for a $20 million debut after snagging $8.3 million on Friday. Unlike most horror entries, Ouija should hold up reasonably well considering that it has opened before Halloween.

John Wick is on pace for $14 million after tallying $5.5 million on Friday. 

St. Vincent is on pace for $8.2 million after grossing $2.6 million on Friday.

Check back tomorrow for official studio weekend estimates.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Ouija is headed for $19 million-$20 million during its debut frame. Of course, horror films tend to pop late on Friday night, so we're not ruling out a surge that could put the fright flick above that range.

John Wick is off to a solid start with what's look like a $14 million debut frame. If word of mouth is strong among action aficionados, then Keanu Reeves' latest could post an even higher debut. This definitely marks a comeback for Reeves.

St. Vincent is set for as much as $10 million during its expansion weekend.

Check back tomorrow morning for updated projections and official Friday estimates. 

Friday Update #1: Universal's Ouija bowed to $911,000 last night. That's noticeably behind the $2.1 million start for Annabelle earlier this month, although that pic had some benefit in marketing with the aid of being a prequel to last year's horror blockbuster The Conjuring. Ouija's Thursday take is more in line with Carrie's $730,000 last October, which ultimately earned $16.1 million over opening weekend. Ouija's own native brand awareness could feasibly give it a boost as the weekend progresses.

Lionsgate reports that John Wick grabbed a healthy $870,000 from Thursday night shows in over 2,000 locations. That more than double A Walk Among the Tombstones' $430,000 Thursday night start in September, which went on to earn $12.8 million over opening weekend, as well as Brick Mansions' $400,000 ($9.5 million opening weekend). Strong buzz and critical reviews for the sleeper hit had been building in recent weeks, which could be a factor in last night's strong turnout, but the chances of a weekend close to $20 million now look even better.

Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company is sending St. Vincent into wide release today following its healthy start in limited play over the past couple of weeks.

More as it comes.

 

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Aug. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,806,855-58%2,77888$650$98,640,2783Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$1,161,307-60%2,614--$444$11,569,4831Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$927,821-64%3,346-125$277$149,601,8394Fox
4Our Idiot Brother$868,670-57%2,555--$340$7,880,3011Weinstein Company
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$800,638-58%2,760--$290$9,326,3661FilmDistrict
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$577,286-67%3,30510$175$22,567,5152Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$480,553-66%2,861-196$168$126,428,7875Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$397,835-61%3,0150$132$17,058,5042Lionsgate
930 Minutes or Less$373,887-54%2,071-817$181$32,163,3253Sony / Columbia
10Fright Night (2011)$365,025-58%3,1140$117$14,646,8032Disney / DreamWorks
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$362,483-56%1,577-363$230$70,094,9855Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$358,175-58%1,328-410$270$371,163,2377Warner Bros.
13One Day$297,876-56%1,7254$173$10,087,3992Focus
14Final Destination 5$296,116-57%2,085-1070$142$38,211,1003Warner Bros. / New Line
15Captain America: The First Avenger$238,314-64%1,424-564$167$169,008,6206Paramount
16Cowboys & Aliens$218,260-69%1,559-654$140$93,742,2105Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$126,585-61%904-729$140$34,622,1604Universal
2Horrible Bosses$86,078-51%465-290$185$113,901,2298Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$79,654-56%27271$293$4,164,4036Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$73,211-60%51834$141$349,530,4199Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$31,430-64%242156$130$126,080,61712Paramount
6Bridesmaids$31,080-49%222-22$140$168,079,84016Universal
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$21,135-72%239-35$88$67,050,56211Fox
8Green Lantern (2011)$20,978-70%222-20$94$115,997,47411Warner Bros.
9Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,678-64%223-1759$88$11,706,0393Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$19,541-70%194-43$101$164,296,79714Paramount / DreamWorks
11X-Men: First Class$12,486-59%110-36$114$146,136,15313Fox
12The Hangover Part II$7,657-55%128-65$60$254,309,71314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,676-36%490$708$12,160,00821Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Another Earth$12,840-56%947$137$1,116,8986Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$12,757-61%78-5$164$1,190,8135Lionsgate
4The Tree of Life$12,468-52%971$129$12,864,89514Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$8,751-51%30-14$292$720,0025Sony / Screen Gems
6Bad Teacher$8,351-48%75--$111$98,273,04510Sony / Columbia
7Beginners$5,988-37%50-19$120$5,713,58813Focus
8Circumstance$5,668-52%7--$810$48,9861Roadside Attractions
9The Future$4,846-52%22-9$220$403,6755Roadside Attractions
10Monte Carlo$3,619-68%91-16$40$22,904,1549Fox
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,110-55%15-22$141$1,320,4537Fox Searchlight
12Rio (2011)$1,421-80%39-29$36$143,598,62020Fox
13A Better Life$1,214-66%31-34$39$1,755,53310Summit
14Project Nim$1,034-61%164$65$348,1988Roadside Attractions
15Redemption Road$1,032-80%26--$40$20,1841Freestyle Releasing
165 Days of War$467-15%1-1$467$11,3012Anchor Bay Films
17Insidious$416-58%7-2$59$53,991,55322FilmDistrict
18The Conspirator$58-88%3-1$19$11,538,01620Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$54-76%3-1$18$2,709,08116Roadside Attractions